More opportunity for more suppliers brings real value to our customers.
David Pease understands the meaning of service. His work at Noble follows a 28-year career in the U.S. Navy as a logistics specialist, managing supplies, assets and logistics. His transition to Noble has been practically seamless. “Working for Noble seems natural,” he says, “it’s great to be part of an organization so closely tied to the government at all levels.”
Noble’s Vendor Relations department is the bridge between suppliers and the end-user government customers. It endeavors to give small businesses access to the DoD construction business worldwide. David explains this by saying the he, “Enjoys supporting many different types of businesses. In fact, including veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran owned, HUBZone, small disadvantaged and women-owned businesses in our supplier portfolio enriches our catalog and provides access to government supply opportunities for these small business types.”
Suppliers can register and access the BRAVO website portal created by Noble’s own IT department to bid on thousands of government opportunities and RFQs. BRAVO is an excellent resource for suppliers, containing the materials requirements for DoD supply needs. “The bottom line,” he goes on, “is that BRAVO brings more value to our government customers by driving competition and delivering more bids than the traditional three bid system.” BRAVO also assists suppliers by giving them real-time status on quotes and purchase orders.
“I enjoy being part of a team,” he adds, “it’s great working together to come up with supply solutions for our customers.”
Directing Vendor Relations day-to-day with more than 11,000 suppliers gives David room to innovate. He strives to align his team of vendor relations specialists with the unique requirements of the different suppliers and customers. “It takes different experiences and skills to understand the needs of our partners,” he says, “building a diverse team makes Vendor Relations a stronger bridge.”
David appreciates the advantages Noble gains through decades of experience supplying MRO products. He also appreciates that Noble sources materials that are TAA and Berry Amendment compliant.
“What Noble does as a business makes my job easy,” he declares.
He knows a premier government contractor when he sees one from his Navy days. A solid reputation is what attracted David to Noble. Not being far from the military helps him keep in touch. Noble provides a direct connection for suppliers to access the $5.9B contract ceiling value for the US government.
David finds assisting new suppliers very rewarding. There was the time when a certain disabled veteran’s business wanted to become a new vendor for Noble. David provided step-by-step guidance to help ensure that this new enterprise was able to complete the requirements for certification. Today, the same company is a proud provider of plumbing supplies.
During his five years at Noble, David has progressed steadily from managing third-party relationships to serving as the regional manager of the Pacific region to his current role. His team keeps dynamic vendor partnerships moving forward.
Time with family is important to David, too. Together, they enjoy traveling to Florida, Cape Cod or Maine. He also appreciates the fact that Noble is a family-owned business. “I love Noble’s no-nonsense, practical approach to dealing with vendors and customers.”
David’s speech and descriptions are precise and measured. He sees the big picture and addresses opportunities as a process and not as a singular event.
He reflects on his role and what service means to Noble, saying,
“It’s important to capture the moment. When we execute well, we can make such a difference.”